Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tough Cookies win in OT!

Saturday was the first game of our leagues season - and the Tough Cookies played opening day. We took on a newly energized Fight Crew - they had both new members and new leadership. The Tough Cookies also had new members as three Cookies retired at the end of the year, and we lost blocker Titty Titty Bang Bang to a job move right before the game.

Photo by Rinkrat

It was a crazy evenly matched game - the lead went back and forth several times, and ended in a first ever tie for our league. 2 OT jams later, we scored points to break the tie and win in sudden death OT.

There is a great write up on Derby News Network. I am so proud of my team - we really pulled together at the end.

And here is a video of myself and Gori Spelling doing a chest bump on skates.

It is all about the showmanship!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Look Out Your Window

A plane floats on water and everyone survives. A Black man becomes President of the United States. The Chicago/St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals are going to the Super Bowl.
Look out your window and watch the pigs fly by!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Beer Transfer Successful

Well after two weeks of fermenting it was time for us to transfer the beer from one carboy to the next. As Connie calls it the refining process. Let's just say we got most of it in the container. She took a swig and said it tasted like flat beer- so she got really excited that it might not turn out that bad. Two more weeks till the bottling stage.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cold in Lake Bluff

In Chicago we also have a version of roller derby. We call it black ice. It's played on bridges and exit ramps with automobiles.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Live from the set of Kath and Kim...

So Roller Derby has definitely opened up some opportunities for me - I have been in a national magazine and filmed a few segments for some cable shows. But last week I got my biggest gig yet - I was cast as a background skater for an upcoming episode of "Kath and Kim". K&K is a Thursday night show on NBC starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair. I was a skater on Kim's (Selma Blair) team, and we spent four days last week shooting at the track and on their set. I definitely got used to getting my hair and makeup done every day, but I could never get used to constant 5:30 AM call times. So stay tuned for the roller derby episode of Kath and Kim sometime in February and the debut of my very bad wooden background acting!

Recreating my trading card picture which was part of a banner for the set.

Blending in with the "extras" (you don't have to pay or feed blow up mannequins!)

We had a trailer! It was very small and there were seven of us in there but hey!

Axis of Evil

Last Saturday was Connie's derby prom. The theme was Heroes and Villains so we chose Heroes obviously -ha. Here is a photo of Connie as Osama- Danica as Saddam and me as that cute little North Korean Kim Jong-il.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Mummer's Parade

I partook of many a Mummer's festivity this year with Eleanor, Eleanor's visiting friend Jackie and Sarah. For those of you that don't know what a Mummer is, there's really no way to explain it other than to come to Philly for New Years. This year I did my first visit to 2nd Street where Mummer's return to their clubhouses after hours of partying, parading and heavy drinking. This basically puts Mardi Gras in New Orleans to shame (minus the boobs because it's January and absolutely freezing). Enjoy my flickr album of the best of the Mummer's Day Parade for a taste of Philly. 

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Beer Brewing - First Attempt

Here is Connie attempting to hone her craft as a master brewer. Well we'll see if this turns out and then decide if we want to pursue this endeavor again. It took a long time and a lot of precision. In four weeks we'll bottle it and in another two we'll get to try it. I'll keep you posted. Connie's Diva Jammer IPA- coming to a shelf near me.